Secret emails show Facebook knew about Cambridge Analytica earlier than they've said, DC AG claims

“The general public itself has little or no interest in this Document that could warrant exposing Facebook to the risks that would inevitably accompany disclosure.” — Facebook

Two Russia-backed hacker groups target Europe ahead of elections, FireEye reports

Security services firm FireEye says two hacker groups known to be sponsored by the Russian government of Vladimir Putin are waging cyber-attacks currently against European government systems. Read the rest

#NetNeutrality: Pelosi teases 'Save The Internet Act,' and Senate Democrats will introduce bill to restore Net Neutrality

The text of the proposed legislation has not been released.

YouTube is disabling all comments on videos of young children

“YouTube is disabling all comments on videos featuring young children as it attempts to head off an organised ring of paedophiles who were using its site to trade clips of young girls in states of undress,” says the Guardian's Alex Hern. Read the rest

Apple layoffs hit nearly 200 employees in self-driving car division

The company says 190 employees in Santa Clara and Sunnyvale, CA will lose their jobs.

GE dumps century-old railroad division on Wabtec, almost 2,000 factory workers strike

GE Transportation workers were told after merger their new employer “wants to turn this into an Amazon warehouse,” says labor union.

Facebook to launch 'Patreon killer' that grabs 30% of fan money vs. Patreon’s 5%

Just when you thought Facebook couldn't get any sillier. Read the rest

AT&T becomes latest YouTube advertiser to pull ads over pedophile problem

"Until Google can protect our brand from offensive content of any kind, we are removing all advertising from YouTube," an AT&T spokesperson told CNBC.

Microsoft Excel's Hall of Tortured Souls

A remarkable easter egg from the Windows 95 era, fully anticipating what became of the world's most beautiful operating system.

The developers of Office 95 left an interesting little easteregg with a name which does seem a little unsettling. I am exploring this easteregg and showing it in this video.

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Was that huge 2017 Equifax data breach part of a nation-state spy scheme?

That massive Equifax data breach on September 7, 2017, shocked everyone, but a year and a half later, where the data of all those 143 million Equifax users ended up is still a mystery. Read the rest

Apple to launch 'Netflix for News' service at March 25 event. Publishers already hate it.

The event will be Apple's first major announcement in 2019.

Maybe Amazon HQ2 won't happen in New York after all?

Amazon's plan to bring 25,000 jobs to a NYC campus is under fire from locals, as more details are revealed of what was promised to Jeff Bezos' empire.

Amazon at times used Flex drivers' tips to cover promised base pay, investigation finds

Amazon sometimes dipped into tips earned by contracted delivery drivers for its 'Flex' service to cover the base pay they'd been promised, a Los Angeles Times review of emails and receipts shows. Read the rest

At least 1,500 people were injured in e-scooter-related crashes in America since late 2017 — Consumer Reports

Bottom line: If the new Consumer Reports study is accurate, far more people have been killed or seriously hurt by electric scooters from Bird, Lime, and other dockless scooter-share companies than anyone realized.

Facebook de-platforms 4 Myanmar armed groups. Military behind Rohingya abuse didn't like them either.

Is Facebook following government orders in Myanmar?

Mark Zuckerberg's 15-year Facebook anniversary post dunks on journalism, omits Myanmar

On the 15th anniversary of Facebook's launch, Mark Zuckerberg says his company will spend more on safety and security in 2019 than the total amount of revenue his company had on hand at the date of its IPO. In a Facebook post today, Zuckerberg takes a swipe at America's technology journalists, and complains about news coverage in 2018 that was critical of Facebook. Read the rest

Apple apologizes for Group Facetime bug, promises software update to fix it next week

The Group FaceTime bug that set the internet on fire this week? Apple's sorry about that, and says they've figured out a fix that all iOS users can load next week. They also thanked the mom and 14 year old kid who struggled to alert Apple of the vulnerability. Read the rest

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